Performative verbs (was: Re: here is some stuff i want all of ya'll to look at)
|From:||Christophe Grandsire <christophe.grandsire@...>|
|Date:||Monday, August 30, 2004, 19:36|
En réponse à Amanda Babcock :
>Well, one thing that I noticed is that you don't have a separate
>marker for performative statements. That is, statements that by
>being uttered change a person's status, such as "I hereby declare
>you man and wife" or "I declare this convention open" or the like.
>At first glance this might seem to be just a normal statement, but
>really in its effect it is just as different from a statement as
>commands are. When the judge (in some theoretical judge-based
>legal system) says "I hereby find you guilty", that's an entirely
>different event from the onlooker who then turns to his companion
>and says "The judge finds him guilty!"
I find them so neat that I've decided that in Maggel verbs will always have
two main forms, more fundamental than anything else (like the
perfective-imperfective distinction is fundamental in Russian), and that's
the performative-non-performative distinction. And to make things nicer,
the performative forms will be easier to conjugate than the
non-performative ones ;))) . I still have to find out what exactly the
performative of verbs like "run", "sleep" and "die" can mean, but I'll find
out ;) .
You need a straight mind to invent a twisted conlang.